Jackie Cooper: A Best Actor nominee for 1931's Skippy, Cooper (left and below), now 67 and a noted TV director, says he kept his four kids out of showbiz. "Nothing can make up for what a kid loses—what I lost—when a normal childhood is abandoned for a movie career."
Bonita Granville: Now 65 and a widow, the malicious brat of 1936's These Three stopped acting in 1960 to help her husband, Jack Wrather, build a real estate empire.
Mary Badham: Gregory Peck's daughter in 1962s To Kill a Mockingbird, Mary, now 36, is married, a mom and a manager of a Richmond, Va., clothing store.
Patty McCormack: Though she acts in films and TV, the 43-year-old divorcée says "nothing has matched" her pig-tailed-killer role in the 1956 thriller The Bad Seed.
Jack Wild: Oliver!'s Artful Dodger is now 35 and a reformed drinker who found job-hunting complicated by the "growing knowledge that I was never going to shake off Oliver!"
Justin Henry: At 17, the Kramer vs. Kramer kid has a role in Sweetheart's Dance, but frets more about his upcoming SATs than about acting.
Quinn Cummings: At 20, the smarty-pants of 1977's The Goodbye Girl, now a casting aide, says she's "learned the art of keeping my mouth shut periodically."
Linda Blair: Making 1973's The Exorcist was "hell," says Linda, 29. Such B-flicks as Chained Heat (far left) followed. "Anyone who hits the top as a child star has no place to go but down," she says.